In that the lawsuit was filed by the Native American Quinault Tribal Nation in the state of Washington, where it accuses Valve of "unfair competition with legally licensed and regulated gambling operations". Yeah, not so much that gambling is bad, but that Valve don't have a license. The report, over at gamesindustry.biz
, notes that this latest lawsuit is also based on the trading of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skins.
With the plaintiffs also the owners and operators of the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Washington, this lawsuit focuses on Valve running some sort of underground casino. With the filing noting, "As a licensed operator of gambling facilities in Washington, the Nation must incur costs, expenses, and effort to ensure strict compliance with all gambing laws and regulations. Neither Valve nor internet gambling sites using Valve's virtual items abide by those gaming laws and regulations and consumers and the Nation have been harmed as a result."
With Valve taking a 15% cut of all CS:GO items traded through the Steam Marketplace, it's being argued that it's responsible for third-party gambling sites. So where's the connection to traditional casino revenue that comes from card tables and slot machines? Loot boxes of course. With the filing comparing CS: GO loot as akin to walking into a casino and dropping some money on a slot machine.
So yeah, a weird one as the Quinault Nation is seeking damages and money it deems wrongfully obtained by Valve.